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The purpose of the Lantern Parade event was to make refugees feel welcome in Queensland. There were people of all sorts of ethnicities that gathered for the parade. The lanterns were amazing – some small, many beautiful, and large. There were animals of all kinds, like Koala, zebra, elephant, kangaroo. The first part of the festivities was a parade of lanterns that everyone was encouraged to join. It started at the big Ferris wheel at South Bank which ended at a big covered stadium. A lantern lit stage was set up and after a few boring speeches from politicians there were dancers, and singers to entertain us. It was a feast for the eyes so I will insert a number of pictures that capture a bit of the sights although do not do justice to the feelings of unity, joy and peace.
|Koala lantern, not yet lit up.|
|People gather at South Bank for the Lantern Parade.|
|The entertainment with amazing lanterns bracketing the stage.|
|Australian award winning singer Katie Nunan|
|I love these bigger than life lanterns.|
Last Saturday we celebrated American Thanksgiving with our neighbours and about 25 of their friends. We even had turkey with all the fixing despite the fact that it was over 30 degrees Celsius. We had the meal outside at the Barbie area by the Brisbane River.
|American Thanksgiving with our neighbours and friends.|
|Joe, Anya, Jimmy, Emmi and Terry (American and Canadian friends)|
|A thanksgiving feast!! (on a sweltering day)|